“Stylish” design wins civic awards

The Steading, at Three Laws of Craigo, which won this year's Montrose Society Civic Awards.'Contributed photo
The Steading, at Three Laws of Craigo, which won this year's Montrose Society Civic Awards.'Contributed photo

aN “OUTSTANDING” steading conversion has emerged as the overall winner of this year’s Montrose Society Civic Awards.

The awards aim to recognise excellence in building design which enhances the fabric of Montrose town and district. Submitted by Edinburgh architects Fouin & Bell The Steading, at Three Laws of Craigo, was built specifically for its owners Alastair Bayne and Linda Archibald.

Awards are made over the four categories of New Buildings, Renovation and Extension to Existing Building, Industrial and Commercial Premises and Townscape Improvements. Entries are made by architects, contractors, property owners and society members and judged by a small panel led by an external adjudicator, who this year was renowned architect Paul Newman who has retired to the town.

The awards were presented at a ceremony held in the George Hotel on Thursday.

Announcing the overall winner, Mr Newman said: “This is an outstanding example of a conversion of an existing redundant agricultural building, adding a sympathetic modern extension.

“It is very stylish indeed and blends well into its surroundings.”

The other awards were introduced by society architectural specialist Sandy Munro and were presented as follows: New Buildings - Balgove Barn, Balgove, Montrose by Garry Adam Chartered Architect Ltd., Montrose; Kinclevin, Hawkhill, Inverkeilor by Colin Smith and Judith Wilson Architects; Ethie Snowdrop Cottage, Church Road, St Cyrus by Norman MacIntosh, Roundhouse Architecture, St Cyrus; The Glasshouse, Traill Drive, Montrose by Roger Brunton Architects, Carnoustie.

Renovation and Extension to Existing Buildings: St Mary’s Road, Montrose - warehouse conversion to form two townhouses by Voigt Architectural Partnership, Arbroath; Inchbrayock House, Ferryden – extension by John Crawford Architectural Services, Montrose; Mount Road, Montrose - extension by Nicoll Russell Studios, Broughty Ferry; Ascreavie, Balgove, Rossie Braes – extension by Garry Adam Chartered Architect Ltd, Montrose.

Industrial and Commercial Premises: South Quay, Montrose – new deepwater berth for Montrose Port Authority by Arch Henderson Civil and Structural Engineers, Aberdeen; Black Belt Academy, 65 Baltic Street, Montrose - adaptation of former church hall to form a martial arts studio by proprietor David McNairn, Montrose.

Townscape improvements: Cycle path from Montrose to Kinnaber, designer - Angus Council.

Montrose Society president Dr Andrew Orr praised the general standard of entries this year.

He said: “There has been a remarkably high standard of submissions across the board this year, in spite of the generally acknowledged recession.

The Civic Awards demonstrate that the Society is not just about looking backwards nostalgically. It is very much concerned to look to the future and is delighted to recognise modern initiatives and excellence in design.”